Little change at top table for Louth County Board - Oliver wins place at Central Council

There was little change at the top table of Louth GAA this year as many of the top positions were a one-horse race.

There was little change at the top table of Louth GAA this year as many of the top positions were a one-horse race.

Padraic O'Connor, Declan Byrne and Des Halpenny were all returned to the roles of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary respectively. Helena Kirwan and Aidan Berill were both returned as Assistant Secretary and Treasurer, as both were unopposed on the day.

O'Connor, who was voted in as Chairman at the 2009 convention ran unopposed after Toms O'hEochaidh, who failed to get the role last year, and Brendan Carthy pulled out of the race, which allowed O'Connor a second a term as Chairman.

Vice-Chairman Declan Byrne was returned after Paddy Lennon and Liam O'Neill withdrew their nominations. The first vote on the day was for Assistant Treasurer and the board will have a new face in the position, as Clan na Gael's Barry Cullen was elected to the role, beating outgoing Paddy Lennon and Liam O'Neill.

Cullen was instrumental in getting the best equipment for Louth GAA last year as procurement officer.

Toms O' hEochaidh will continue as Cultural Officer with no candidates running against him. Thomas Flynn and Colm Marry will continue as Youth Officer and Development Officer respectively.

In another contest on the day, Ronan Lynch was voted in as the new PRO for the County Board with a resounding 100 votes to Liam O'Neill's 24.

John Grogan, from St Pat's was expected to face a contest from Minor Board Chairman Brendan Carthy for the role of Coaching Officer, but Carthy withdrew his nomination, allowing Grogan his first real stint in the role as he took over the vacant position in September.

In one of the major votes on the day, Paddy Oliver was elected as the Central Council delegate, beating Paddy McMahon, who had three years in the role. In the first round of voting, Oliver scored 56 votes, whilst McMahon received 50 and the third challenger, Peter Brannigan from Clan na Gael eliminated with 18 votes. It went to a second round of voting and Oliver was elected, receiving 62 votes compared to McMahon's 59.

Paddy Lennon and Jim Thornton were elected as Leinster Council Delegates after Paddy Oliver, Toms O'hEochaidh and Pat Hamilton withdrew their names from the race. Aidan Berrill was elected as Louth's delegate to congress.

He received 80 votes, beating Helena Kirwan with 14 votes and Pat Hamilton, who received 24 votes.

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